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I Chiu Liao

I Chiu LiaoChair Professor, Dr. I Chiu Liao
I. General Information


Present Position Chair Professor (NTOU and NPUST)
Academician (Academia Sinica)
Distinguished Professor of Aquaculture (NTOU)
Adjunct Professor (NTU)
President (The Fisheries Society of Taiwan)
Honorary Life Member (World Aquaculture Society)
Honorary Life Member (Asian Fisheries Society)
Fellow (Third World Academy of Science)
Address Department of Aquaculture
National Taiwan Ocean University
2 Pei-Ning Road, Keelung 202, Taiwan
Contact Details Phone: +886-2-24623055
Fax: +886-2-24634993
Education Ph.D. 1968 University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
M. Agri. 1964 University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan 
B.Sc. 1960 National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Research Specialization Finfish and Crustacean Larviculture
General Aquaculture
Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching
Teaching and Supervising Chair of the Course Series: Concerns on the Future of Taiwan
Supervised graduate students
II. Honors and Awards
  • Outstanding Alumnus for Academics, Cingshuai Senior High School (2006)
  • Outstanding Alumnus for Academics, Taichung First Senior High School (2005)
  • Distinguished Professor of Aquaculture, National Taiwan Ocean University (2004-present)
  • NSC-NRC Eminent Researcher, National Science Council, Taiwan and National Research Council, Canada (2002)
  • Special Contract Researcher, National Science Council, Taiwan (1996-2002)
  • Outstanding Research Award, National Science Council, Taiwan (1986-1995)
  • Science and Engineering Award, Taiwanese-American Foundation, USA (1989)
  • Academic Award, Ministry of Education, Taiwan (1987)
  • Visiting Scholar Award, China Foundation for the Promotion of Education and Culture (1985)
  • Outstanding Scholar Award in Scientific and Technical Research, Executive Yuan (Premier's Office), Taiwan (1976)
  • Outstanding Youth, Jaycees International, Taiwan (1969)
III. Significant Achievements

My almost 40 years of research and teaching experience had contributed a lot on the development of the aquaculture industry in Taiwan. The breakthrough on the larval rearing of grass prawn, Penaeus monodon, has resulted in the mass production of this species and created a quantum leap in the growth of the prawn culture industry. Because of this, I was known locally and in the international scientific and commercial community as the "Father of P. monodon culture". The aquaculture boom resulting from the established technology has placed Taiwan as one of leading prawn producers in the world during the 1980s. After perfecting the technology for prawns, artificial propagation studies on finfishes and other crustaceans followed.

Success in grey mullet and milkfish had served as a solid foundation for the artificial propagation of other marine finfishes, including the currently important aquaculture species such as groupers, snappers and cobia among others. The continuous developments and improvements in the aquaculture industry of Taiwan eventually followed, including the use of highly intensive recirculating systems, and the popular off-shore cage aquaculture. Currently, I am involved in research as the Principal Project Leader of a 3-year NSC project on "Advancing the technology for commercial intensive prawn culture system".

I have edited/co-edited a total of 16 books and proceedings, the latest of which is "Cobia Aquaculture: Research, Development and Commercial Production" which was published in February 2007. I also published 468 papers which include Review Papers (48), Book Chapters (58), Journal Papers (215), and Proceedings (99).

My non-research activities include the establishment of the Tungkang Marine Laboratory, internationally known as the "Mecca" of aquaculture research in the region. I also facilitated the realization of a 2000T research vessel of the then Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute (where I served as Director General from 1997-2002), and the construction of two public aquaria.

I am also invited to give lectures and plenary speeches in many local and international meetings, and advisory services in many aquaculture practices all over the world.